District Announcements

  • Enjoy NR Fund's Community Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 18

    Whether you call them pancakes, hotcakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks, be sure to stop by New Rochelle High School on Saturday, Nov. 18 beginning at 8 a.m. for the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence's annual pancake breakfast, followed by New Rochelle's Thanksgiving Parade.

    Join district administrators, principals and Board of Education members for this fun, child-friendly, community-wide event where you can enjoy tasty short stacks of pancakes alongside your neighbors.

    While there is a $5 admission to help cover costs, the breakfast is not a fundraiser; it's a way for the Fund to say "Thank you" to the community.
    Breakfast guests should enter New Rochelle High School at the entrance by North and Braemar avenues, near the tennis courts.

    Following the breakfast, a contingent from New Rochelle Fund will march in the parade, a seasonal highlight in the community presented by the City of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. Everyone is invited to participate, but marchers must be in the lineup, at North Avenue and Eastchester Road, by 9:30 a.m. The parade proceeds downtown to Main Street and Maple Avenue.

    The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence aims to preserve the excellence in education in New Rochelle schools by providing programs that would not exist due to the district's budget constraints, including benefit concerts performed by New Rochelle High School students, SAT prep courses, "Poetry Out Loud" and theater arts.
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  • District Appoints Interim Special Education Supervisor

    Dara Joseph, the District's Committee on Special Education (CSE) chairperson, was appointed interim Supervisor of Special Education during the Board of Education's recent meeting.

    She is appointed to the current position for the 2017-18 school year only, while the District searches for an Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services and a Director of Special Services.
     
    Joseph joined the District this past school year in a role where she was responsible for all CSE operations, as well as district-wide Individualized Education Program (IEP) development and implementation.
     
    In her new position, she assists in overseeing the department's budget, and finance and compliance in addition to state reporting. Joseph also handles special education professional development training for select district staff; oversees daily operations including human resources; and assists in the evaluation of daily operations of special education administrative support practices.
     
    "My immediate plans are, in addition to supporting the District's mission of providing the best education to all students, to ensure the implementation of the procedures related to special education compliance and for the department to remain stable in the services it offers to students with disabilities," said Joseph. "I also see my role as one which consistently supports staff in their work in addition to supporting all District stakeholders through collaborative communications. I support a team-oriented disposition in teaching and learning by promoting student achievement; creating a shared vision and evaluating instructional practices."
     
    Joseph has 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She was also supervisor of special education for the past seven years in other Westchester County school districts. 
         
    Joseph, a Nyack resident, holds three master's degrees: One in school administration and supervision from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry; a second in special education from the City College of New York; and the third in educational leadership from Touro College in New York. She earned her bachelor's degree in education studies from Empire State College.
     
    In addition, for the last eight years, Joseph has been an adjunct faculty member at Mercy College in its graduate education division. She was also nominated by The Journal News for its Top 40 Under 40 recognition program.
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  • Ward Students See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

    William B. Ward Elementary School students took a trip to Manhattan and into a musical world of make-believe when they saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway this week.

    With more than 190 students and 25 adults, Wednesday's mid-day trip to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was the largest of the school's annual visits to the theatre district in recent memory, said fifth-grade teacher Jonathan Fox, who has participated in the event for the past seven years.

    On past trips, students have seen Aladdin, Annie, Matilda the Musical, and others.

    Fifth-grader Karla Alvarez was looking forward to this year's trip because she had read the Roald Dahl book the show is based on, and had seen both movie versions.

    "It's exciting to see it once again because it was part of my childhood," she said.

    While this was Alvarez's first Broadway show, her classmate, Jake Neiterman, had gone once before to see The Lion King.

    "I'm excited because I love Broadway shows," he said shortly before leaving for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "I've read the book, and I've seen the movies, and I want to compare them."

    The students' tickets are purchased with the support of the school's Fifth Grade Committee, a group of parent volunteers.

    "We have many kids who have never had the Broadway experience," said Assistant Principal Kimberly Peluso. "It's great to see their enthusiasm."
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  • NRHS Soccer Teams Honored for Sportsmanship

    The New Rochelle High School Boys and Girls Soccer teams were honored this week for showing that scoring goals is not the only important objective on the field. The boys' team won the Sportsmanship Award from the Westchester-Putnam Approved Soccer Officials Association.
     
    The girls' team was one of five finalists among girls' teams. The WPASOA picks a winner and several runners-up for each gender.
     
    "It is a great honor when the soccer officials recognize teams for the way they conduct themselves on the field," said Athletic Director Steve Young. "I am proud of our teams and coaches Notaristefano and Garcia for being not only outstanding coaches but also exemplary role models for our student-athletes. To me, this award proves that the soccer teams are both successful competitively, as they both were league champions, and in the level of respect that they have for their sport."  
     
    The winning teams received their awards at the WPASOA end-of-year dinner Wednesday at the Women's Club of White Plains. They were chosen from soccer officials' recommendations of teams who behaved well on the field. Finalists are sorted by the fewest number of yellow and red cards received for the season.
     
    "The honor says that the players go out and they play clean, they play hard and they play by the rules," said WPASOA President Richard Leaf. "They know that it's important to win, but at the same time, we need to conduct ourselves well. They're representing their town, they're representing their school, and it's important to put a good foot forward."
     
    "This award goes up there with us winning the state championship last year," said boys' team coach Jarohan Garcia. "Four years ago, when we were tasked to rebuild the program, sportsmanship was the sole focus. We knew that if we earned respect on and off the field, regardless of scores, we would be able to keep our heads high and take pride in what we were trying to accomplish as coaches, players and a program."
     
    "It was never about the ring, the banners, the fame; it was about reshaping a program," said Javier Amezcua, a captain of the boys' team for two years and two-time All-Section selection. "There is no better way to recognize our four-year journey than by accepting the sportsmanship award."
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  • IEYMS Castle Ambassadors Building Closer School Community

    It was more than just ice cream with all the toppings. 

    The real aim of Isaac E. Young Middle School's recent Castle Ambassadors Ice Cream Social was to welcome new students to the middle school and reinforce the group's commitment to helping all students feel comfortable.
     
    "Sometimes it can be hard making friends in a new school," said seventh-grader Leah Shefferman, one of about 15 Castle Ambassadors. "In the ice cream social, they could learn more about the school and maybe even meet some new people there."
     
    It was one of many events from the group that began a year ago to build a friendlier, more tightly knit school community.
     
    "School can be such an over-whelming experience, even more so when you start a new school during the middle of the year," said Assistant Principal Tawanda Robinson. "The Castle Ambassadors program is a wonderful way to build community and foster a sense of belonging for students. The research is clear that when students feel connected to their school and have positive and supportive relationships, they are more likely to excel."
     
    One of the school's key goals is to create a student-centered environment where students are comfortable leading and have a voice in creating the type of school they want IEYMS to be. The ambassadors seek to create more student ownership in the culture of the school, decrease social isolation and create a positive, inclusive school environment. The program also helps develop students' leadership skills.
     
    "The members of Castle Ambassadors truly drive the group's activities," said teacher Jennifer Vivolo-Carsen, an advisor of the group. "The ideas for Spirit Week, the discussion at the ice cream social and ideas for future activities are all from the students themselves. They have a strong desire to build a positive school community."
     
    Last year, students were trained through the organization Sandy Hook Promise on how to develop a stronger school community.
     
    Next week, they will start Motivational Monday, where they read an inspirational quote with the morning PA announcements to start off the week.
     
    "It will get people motivated and make them feel better," Shefferman said.
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  • Columbus and Webster Schools Begin Readathons

    As three elementary schools wrapped up their month-long readathons this week, they passed the baton to two others - Columbus Elementary School and Daniel Webster Magnet School.
     
    Students at Columbus and Webster began their readathons on Wednesday, setting out to see how much they could read during the month of November. In many of the readathons, students find sponsors to donate to the PTAs for every minute they spend with the written word. At Webster, the funds raised will go to improving the school's Learning Garden, possibly to buy a greenhouse.

    Columbus is taking a slightly different approach, asking students to keep track of the number of pages they read rather than the minutes.

    "We're really just building up the kids to set goals for their reading," said Columbus Assistant Principal Shelli Owens. "We want them to be a little mindful of how many pages they read. And we'll use that to set their reading goals for the rest of the year."

    The school will hold a Stop, Drop and Read each Thursday morning, when students, teachers, administrators and other staff members will spend 10 or 15 minutes reading for pleasure. They're planning to have guest readers come in. Owens is planning a game with questions about character, plot or other aspects of fiction written on beach balls, to be answered by students who catch the balls when tossed.

    Webster set goals for students by grade, assigning each level a different number of minutes to spend reading. On the first night, Webster School held a pajama party where parents were able to shop for books at the school's book fair, and then enjoy family literacy activities.

    "The readathon is one way to place a school-wide emphasis on the importance of reading on a daily basis," said Webster Principal Melissa Passarelli.

    "It will benefit the school and yourself," said Webster fourth-grader Rohan Ross. "When you read more it will help you become smarter and it will help the Learning Garden."
     
    The schools that finished their readathons on Tuesday are George M. Davis Jr., Jefferson and William B. Ward elementary schools.
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  • Reminder: No School Nov. 7

    Schools are closed Tuesday, Nov. 7 for Election Day and Superintendent's Conference Day.

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  • Potential Bus Strike Averted

    A potential strike of First Mile Square bus drivers on Monday has been averted. This afternoon, the company notified the school district that an agreement has been reached in their collective bargaining talks. First Mile Square, a private student transportation company, provides transportation services for a number of school districts in Westchester County, including the City School District of New Rochelle. The buses will now operate Monday on a regular schedule.

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  • Columbus Teacher Honored by Chess Foundation

    Columbus Elementary School ESL teacher Mark Hegenauer has been teaching his students chess for 20 years. His ability to help children grow cognitively and emotionally through play was recognized by the National Scholastic Chess Foundation Monday at its Chess in the Park event inside the New Rochelle Public Library. 

    Hegenauer has seen students of every ability level benefit from learning this game of strategic thinking and problem solving. And he sees the social aspects of the game as just as beneficial for his students who are learning to be better communicators. 

    "I know it's just a board game, but the kids are socializing and interacting with one another, and that is so needed today," said Hegenauer. "Many of these children who don't do well in other subjects can perform on the chess board. It really helps with self-esteem and with self-control."

    In 2001, Columbus students began competing on the national stage.  The team has been to SuperNationals 16 times and has almost always placed among the top 20 teams. Twice, Columbus had two teams place among the top ten in the nation. And one year, it had two teams place in the top five. Most impressively, Hegenauer led one of his teams to win the New York State Championship.

    "The awards are great," said Hegenauer. "But the program is really about how chess helps students make better decisions as well as build confidence and relationships across grade levels."

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  • New Rochelle Welcomes More Than 50 New Educators in Orientation

    More than 50 educators new to the New Rochelle schools gathered for orientation in their new district on Thursday, as Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne congratulated them for making it through an interview process that was “both competitive and rigorous.”

    “It is that way because we want to give the children of New Rochelle the best. And that’s what we believe we have before us here today,” Dr. Osborne told them in the Linda E. Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School.

    The superintendent welcomed them to a district that treasures its diversity, which, he said, means more than merely accepting others.

    “Embracing our rich diversity is of a deeper quality than that,” Dr. Osborne told them. “It means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support and serve all of our students and our families and that the differences among us add value for all of us.”

    The newcomers were treated to coffee and bagels in the morning, followed by talks from school district leaders. New Rochelle Board of Education Vice President Maddali Atallah told them of the key role that teachers play in offering a great education.

    “We believe that the job is done in the classroom, with the children, and you are the most important element in that,” she said.

    The day’s events introduced them to much more than the school district of 11,000 students. City historian Barbara Davis told them of more than 300 years of New Rochelle history, beginning with the Siwanoy Indians who lived in the area before European settlers arrived. They also took a bus tour of the city’s schools, residences and points of interest.

    The newly hired educators were eager to begin teaching in schools across the district.

    “I’m looking forward to inspiring the students to learn another language, because that’s the future,” said Majid Benefar, a new French teacher at New Rochelle High School. “There are a lot of challenges ahead, but there will be a lot of great rewards in working through them.”

    Art teacher Daniela Marini’s classes will be at the William B. Ward Elementary School.

    “I’m so excited to be part of the team at Ward,” said Marini. “The administration is very strong, and I feel very supported by it.”

    Alex Urso, a new special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, said the orientation helped him ease into his new challenge.

    “I’m feeling confident and starting to get a little more comfortable with all the procedures,” he said. "I’ve heard all great things about the community and the schools. It is a fantastic opportunity.”
    As they got ready to begin their first classes in New Rochelle, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Joseph Williams told them that they had come to a great district in which to thrive professionally.

    “I am quite sure you are all going to have a productive and fulfilling career here in New Rochelle,” he said.

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School Announcements

  • PTA Meeting Nov. 14th at 6:30pm

    PLEASE JOIN US ON Tuesday, NOVEMBER 14TH AT 6:30PM FOR OUR general PTA MEETING. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Levy, our interim principal.  ” Thank You

    Estimados Padres de familia: esperamos su presencia este martes, 14 de noviembre, a las 6:30 pm, para la reunion del PTA. Venga a conocer al Sr. Levy, nuestro director interino. Gracias." 

    Jefferson Elementary School
  • New exits due to construction starting Monday, Nov. 13

    The construction is due to start on the auditorium steps on Monday November 13th.  The Western exit on Weyman Ave. will reopen. 
     Llodrat and Russert will use the Western Exit on Weyman Ave.
     Occhiuto will use the main entrance (due to brick work near your door).
     Marine and Tavera will use the cafeteria exit
     Hogans, Ferguson and Vessecchia will use the exit next to the auditorium.
     Fifth grade students will go back to the Western exit on Weyman Ave.
     
    Jefferson Elementary School
  • Jefferson Spirit Wear Order Form

    Click the link below for more information in Eng/Span.

    Jefferson Elementary School

Message from the Principal

Ms. Nieves, PrincipalDear Parents and Caregivers,

During the 2016-17 school year, we implemented several successful initiatives, such as a Spanish FLES/enrichment program for students in grades K-2, “accountable talk” in all classrooms to improve academic achievement, and RAZ kids became a school-wide homework practice.

For the 2017-18 school year, we will continue to build our Spanish language program. Students in grades K-3 will receive Spanish instruction 2 times in our 6-day cycle.  Third grade students who are in our Italian FLES program will not take Spanish. They will attend a library class instead.

Jefferson teachers will continue to implement and improve the practice of accountable talk in their classrooms in the 2017-2018 school year.  Accountable talk is a highly effective instructional practice where children learn how to have authentic and meaningful conversations about academic experiences. Our classrooms will continue to grow students so they have the ability to discuss challenging concepts and problem solve. Jefferson teachers will continue guiding and coaching student conversations, which result in our students actively engaging in the learning process through talk.

As a school, we will continue to use RAZ kids as required reading in school and at home. RAZ kids is a computer-based program, which offers children opportunities to read many books on their individual levels. It is important that children read every day this summer. Please continue to use RAZ kids for summer reading.

This past spring, I had morning meetings with parents called “Coffee with the Principal.” I was glad to have so many parents attend and share ideas and experiences.  This fall, I will meet with all parents again by grade levels. It is important that I hear your concerns and success stories. For Jefferson to be a successful and thriving school, parent input is vital. I hope you can attend.

Enjoy the summer. Read with your children.

Kimmerly Nieves
Principal

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Calendar of Events

  • Notional Education Week. Parents can come between 2:30-3:15.

    Jefferson Elementary School
  • Ward Talent Show

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  • Barnard Inside Out Day

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  • Columbus Bingo Night

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  • Day 5

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"Together, we will accept the diversity of all children, taking them forward on their educational journeys to reach their fullest potential, and encouraging their curiosity so they become successful lifelong learners.

Together, we will foster partnerships with the goal of encouraging student achievement by building on students' strengths and supporting their social and emotional development.

Together, we will continue to promote and enhance the educational development of every member (staff, students and parents) of the Jefferson Community."

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